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condition. not many details at this moment. he was involved in a snowplowing accident, just himself. no other individuals involved. we're tracking this. we reached out to his team for comment. we know he is in critical condition right now. we'll keep you guys posted on that. >> praying for him for sure. thank you, chloe. cnn this morning continues right now. good morning everyone. welcome to "cnn this morning." by the way, happy new year. >> you were so great. >> thank you. >> i stayed up as late as i could. you and your sparkles and the three dogs and your mom. >> thank you. my family. it was a little messy, but new year's eve is a little messy. it's all good. >> it was very human and beautiful. >> you're sparkly this morning. >> if there's any day i can wear
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it, it's today. >> good to see you. kaitlan is on assignment. so we're going to start with catching you up on the five big stories on "cnn this morning." we're looking more about the suspect in the new year's eve machete attack. sources say the 19-year-old wrote of his desire to join the taliban in afghanistan and diaz a martyr. he's currently in custody in a new york city hospital where he's recovering from a gunshot wond. the three officers injured in the machete attack have all been treated and released. also, this morning, the suspect charged with murdering four university of idaho students will appear in a pennsylvania court tomorrow. his name is bryan kohberger. he faces four counts of first degree murder and a charge of burglary in moscow, idaho. he's accused of killing four college students as they slept in their home in idaho. we'll speak to one of the
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students who was in one of his classes, co-burger's classes. he'll join us in a minute. tens of thousands of mourningers are paying respects in vatican city as pope benedict lies in state. pope benedict passed away on new year's eve at the age of 95. his body is currently lying in state at st. peter's basibasili. his funeral is set for thursday. kevin mccarthy could be facing the most dramatic nomination for speaker, he has made major concessions to some of the most hard line demands on the right. still, it's not clear p the numbers add up for him. square bolsonaro is currently in florida. new video showing the former far right president in orlando. his trip comes as his successor, luis desilva was sworn into office. his trip to the u.s. breaks with
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the tradition for outgoing leaders to be present at the transfer of power ceremony. the suspect in the murder of four university of idaho students will appear in court today. bryan kohberger faces four counts of first degree murder. accused of stabbing those four college students in november at the rental home they shared. police arrested him in his home state of pennsylvania. that's where we find our colleague jean casarez who joins us live outside the jail where he's currently being held. good morning, jean. so much happened on this over the weekend. we're hearing from the suspect's family and also the attorney, the public defender that he's been appointed. what have you learned. >> reporter: that is correct. we are getting word from his family now. they have released a statement to cnn. we'd like to read that statement to you. it says, first and foremost, we care deeply for the four families who have lost their
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precious children. there are no words that can adequately express the sadness we feel, and we pray each day for them. we will continue to let the legal process unfold, and as a family we lo love and support our son and brother. we have fully cooperated with law enforcement agencies in an attempt to seek the truth and promote his presumes of innocence rather than judge unknown facts and maker roane yous assumptions. we respect privacy in this matter as our family and the families suffering loss can move forward through the legal process. that arrest that happened on friday in the early morning hours was at his family home. the attorney tells us his father actually answered the door. he was cooperative. bryan came to the door. he was arrested by the pennsylvania state police. the fbi was there, also. he was at that point taken into custody. the next legal hearing will be tomorrow. it will be the expedition hearing. his attorney, the chief public defender for monroe county which
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is northeastern pennsylvania says he plans on waiving that to get back to idaho as soon as possible. >> jean, we appreciate your reporting on this, thank you. hopefully answers soon for the families. let's go now to the idaho murder suspect, a teacher's assistant and a criminal law class at washington state university during the fall semester. joining me now, one of the students in that class, hayden stenchfield, a junior studying criminal justice. thank you for joining us on cnn this morning. we appreciate you joining us. this must be obviously shocking for you. let's talk about kohberger. he was your teacher's assistant. what went through your mind when you heard he was arrested for this? >> it was pretty crazy. i was sleeping here on the couch in my parent's house. i woerk up to all these tweets. oh, they got the guy. everyone in moscow area has been
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following. i look on my phone and i see the guy's name and i see the picture, and i'm like that looks a lot like my t.a. who is also named buyian. that would be crazy. i went and checked my email to see the emails i had with him. the name matched and everything and it was totally jarring, totally shocking to realize this person who had been grading my papers was allegedly this horrible murderer. >> you just u knew him as a teacher's assistant, no interaction with him beyond that, correct? >> yeah. all our interactions came in the form of the class and nothing like office hours. it was all within the confines of a lecture hall. >> what was he like as a teacher's assistant? >> he was pretty strict as far as grading goes. when he came into class, he was very -- not super mentally present. he would stand up at the front, look at the ground. he had a lot of boilerplate
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responses he would give people rather than maybe something he thought up on the spot. he would come in knowing what he was going to say to most interactions. when he would grade your papers, he would be grading you on what he ended up calling like a higher standard. it felt like he was grading us like he would grade himself as a phd student. we were all annoyed by him. i knew, oh, t.a. bryan, he sucks at this. he's grading us too harshly. that was an annoyance. beyond that, he felt he was kind of a little weird and bad grader. >> interesting you say that, grading you as if you were a phd student. you say he was a harsher grader than most people. we have an example of a comment he left on one of your assignments. there it is. >> he actually only left me good comments which is kind of silly. the only ones i could send in were nice ones. for most people he was being
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pretty harsh on the comments. for whatever reason, he was being pretty good to me. >> did anybody confront him, and if so what happened? >> actually, our professor was big on the idea that, if we're all going to be attorneys some day, we have to know how to argue our case. he scheduled a day where everyone came in ready to argue to get their grades up. he brought in bryan. he was like, all right, go at him. he had bryan stand up and everyone was like -- a few people were on his side because they wanted to keep their high grades and not have questions be cut out or whatever. for the most part, it was like half of a 150-person class asking critical questions and he would answer. he tried hard to defernd himself which is what our professor loved. he wanted the courtroom environment. so there was just a period in class where we were all sort of arguing about this. it wasn't yelling or anything,
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but it was certainly conflict. >> was there anything odd, especially change or anything in recent weeks or days? what was he like heading into the -- you were going into the winter break, right? >> yeah, yeah. it would have been right before winter break when the murders happened. we didn't obviously build our framework for this around that because we had no reason to connect him to that at the time. but definitely around then he started grading everybody just 100s. pretty much if you turned something in, you were getting high marks, and he stopped leaving notes. he seemed preoccupied is what i would have said at the time. now, obviously, it seems like he was pretty preoccupied. but it was -- yeah, it was unusual. you turn in whatever you want, he was grading them up and sending them back. >> hayden, that was on the papers. anything in person that you noticed differently around that
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time? >> yeah, absolutely. he probably -- that i saw, he was always a little spotty on whether or not he'd come to class because he had whatever phd stuff over the top of it. the couple times that he did come after or around that time period, i remember him, he had a little more facial hair, stubble. but less well kept than he was. he was a little quieter. he used to stand up at the start of class and talk about stuff sometimes. this time he didn't do that at all. he was definitely i think, like the previous mental preoccupation that we had been noticing where it was like he didn't really want to be there, that was at like an all-time high. he just didn't look like he was doing great. >> hayden, thank you so much. we appreciate you joining us here on cnn. >> thank you. this morning really strong storms causing life-threatening flooding in northern california. more than 100,000 customers
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grappling with power outages, some people forced to leave their homes. the rapidly rising water shut down big highways and left drivers stranded. our camilla bernard joining us from sacramento, california. good morning. how bad is it? >> reporter: good morning. a lot of people in sacramento county under evacuation orders. others being told to shelter in place. especially because a lot of the roads look like this one here. so many rescues over the weekend. officials saying they had to use boats ans to rescue people. record-breaking rain across california, leaving at least two dead and many stranded. >> the water kept getting deeper and deeper. >> reporter: in sacramento county, an estimated 40 people rescued from their cars according to a local fire official. here is a view from above. >> amazing how strong it is, how strong the flowing water is.
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>> reporter: others told to evacuate or shelter in place. >> i've been here six years. this is as worst as it's ever been. >> reporter: the storm system causing significant flooding in urban areas and leaving creeks and rivers in northern california overflowing. >> when you see the water moving this quick and rising like this, it's a little unsettling. >> reporter: on saturday 4.75 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period in oakland, the wettest day on record. roads were so impacted that the national weather service said closures were too many to count. >> when i opened one of my gates, there was so much water it was gushing in. it knocked me over. >> reporter: thousands were also left without power saturday and sunday. and while crews worked to restore power, the overall cleanup could take days. >> this is crazy.
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i've never seen it so deep here. >> reporter: rainfall exceeded 8 inches here in california. it was difficult. a lot of headaches for a lot of people. but water is always welcome news here in california. we'll have to wait to see how this impacts drought conditions here in the state, popity. new this morning, the point where silence is betrayal. that from plins harry who sat down with our very own anderson cooper. he said he was a target of media leaks after having private conversations with members of the royal family. >> one of the criticisms you've received is, okay, fine, you want to move to california, you want to step back from the institutional role. why be so public? you say you tried to do this privately. >> every single time i tried to do it privately there had been briefings and plantings and
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stories against me and my wife. the family motto is never complain, never explain. it's just a motto. >> there's a lot of complaining and a lot of explaining being done through weeks. >> through leaks. they'll have a conversation with the correspondent and that correspondent will be spood-fed information and write the story. and at the bottom of the story they'll say they've reached out to buckingham palace for comment. when we're told we can't put a statement out to protect you, but you do it for other members of the family, there becomes a point where silence is betrayal. >> go. >> i genuinely want to hear what you're going anderson's full interview will air this sunday. >> nothing to do with anderson's interview. i just -- i don't know. i'm not surprised -- i'm surprised that harry is surprised having been a member
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of the royal family. >> don't you think there's hope your family will do the right thing. >> absolutely. yeah, yeah. their story, his story and his wife's story, it's theirs to tell. being a member of the royal family, going what he went through with his mother. his dad being the king now, his grandmother, i'm just surprised he's surprised at the inner work innings of what they call the firm. maybe the story that he's not so surprised, that he's just letting us in on it. maybe i'm missing something. >> we have to watch on sunday night. >> watch anderson's interview on "60 minutes." the dire warning from outgoing republican add dachl kinzinger if former president trump isn't charged by the doj. we'll talk with michael smerconish. >> standing by in pennsylvania. they made it. the family we met last week who got caught up in the southwest
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if a president can incite an insurrection and not be held accountable, there's no limit to what a president can do or can't do. i think the justice department will do the right thing. i think he will be charged, and i frankly think he should be. if he is not guilty of a crime, then i frankly fear for the future of this country. >> joining us to discuss, cnn political commentator and host of cnn's "smerconish," the iconic michael smerconish. michael, good morning to you. i've got to ask you, what do you think of adam kinzinger's comments? >> good morning and happy new year. i don't know that congressman kinzinger is going to get what he's looking for if he says he's fearful for the nation unless there's an indictment relative to january 6th. i think there's much more likely there will be an indictment relative to the mar-a-lago documents. that's a more straightforward case. i think a.g. merrick garland may
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have backed himself into a corner in appointing a special counsel and then determining was the law broken and can you prove it. i think it's a pretty straightforward case relative to the documents. it's much more hazy, a much more difficult case relative to january 6th. don, if, in fact, there's an indictment only for the documents, i think some people may be left saying, wait a minute, is that all there is? after all the time and all the expense and all the investigation, it's only those documents at mar-a-lago? soon we shall find out. 2023 is going to be a very interesting year. >> you say that's what you fear, whereas adam kinzinger is saying i fear for the country if trump isn't indicted because of his actions on january 6th and leading up to it. you're fearful of, what if he's only charged with the docs and mar-a-lago. >> right. poppy, i get where kinzinger is coming from.
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from his perspective having played the role he played on the january 6th panel or commission to look at the evidence and to say, wait a minute, this is what he caused. he was essentially the arsonist, the president, who let the fire burn and he's not going to be held accountable for that? i completely understand his concerns. it's still not an ironclad slam dunk case. >> michael, what happens to this committee? i think i know the answer to this, after tomorrow? >> gone. >> what committee? they fulfilled their purpose. they always knew the time on the clock was running out as that ball was dropping. they're at a close. it's over now. kevin mccarthy, and i know we're going to get to that, should he be the house speaker and others can't wait to shut down that whole process. >> let's get to that, shall we? >> he's in a predicament. >> harry went through the
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numbers with us earlier in the program. he's down by 14. there's 14 votes he needs that he doesn't have as of this morning. he can only afford to lose four. let's say he gets there. then what? what kind of leader will he be? do you think this will cripple his ability to lead in some way, that it was so hard to get there. >> if he even gets there. >> i think it will. one of the things we learned from yesterday's telephone conversation were the concessions that he made in an effort to win himself that position by making it much easier for his leadership to be challenged. i think now it will just take a handful of votes where they can throw him out if he is the house speaker. he'll go in already in a very diminished role. the only thing i feel confident in saying about tomorrow is he's not going to get there on the first ballot because of the numbers that harry enten explained earlier in the program, the fact that he can lose four and at least five are
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already lined up against him, maybe as many as 14, as you say, poppy. the other thought i have is when you look at the five who are the never kevin mccarthys, the matt gaetzes, i can't imagine they'll have a change of heart between now and tomorrow. that's what causes me to say he's not going to get there on the first ballot, and it could go on for a while. i don't think anybody knows how it ends. you can't beat somebody with nobody. there's got to be the emergence of someone else if it's not going to be kevin mccarthy. >> and who could that be? michael, i had so much i wanted to ask you. i do not only watch your show -- >> go. he's right there. >> i know they're going to say, don, come on. who is that? that's what i want to ask you. number two, you had a pollster on who i found amazing when he talked about the polls that he did, focus groups he did regarding donald trump and there was another thing i can't remember that i wanted to talk to you about. who is it and why do you think
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donald trump has lost so much of his luster when it comes to support? >> do i not get to weigh in on rolling stone and whitney houston. >> oh, that's the other thing. all that, go, go. it's a lightning round. >> can you just see the control room throwing their papers in the air. where did the show go? go, michael. >> listen, trump appears so vastly diminished entering 2023 in comparison to the way he entered 2022, but don, how many times i'll say i, have i counted this guy out. the escalator, the rapist, the grab them by the you know what, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. it's going to be an unbelievable year. give me a crystal ball because i need it. >> who other than kevin mccarthy, just lightning, quickly, please. >> you want me to give you the outsider. i'll give you a name. steve scalise. if i had to say out of a cloud
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of dirt -- i don't mean dirt in a little sense. when the dust settles, who could be the individual left standing? him. >> there was a really interesting op-ed over the weekend saying take somebody from the outside like john kasich. they said i can ask him about rolling stone. >> whitney houston in particular. what do you want to say, brother? >> i loved your luther reference earlier in the program. whether luther was heavy, whether he was thin -- remember there were many different shades of luther, but i always loved luther vandross. it's so funny to hear you channeling him earlier. i'm always game for that. ♪ a chair is still a chair even when there's no one sitting there ♪ >> don't go away again.
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who is going to sing to me? >> i know. >> and to michael smerconish. michael, you're always the best. i love listening to you and watching you. >> see you, guys hope to see you soon. thank you. really looking forward to sharing this story with you and all our viewers next. she is the great granddaughter of a lynching victim. ahead i sit down with now justice kira harris bolden who just made history, the first black woman ever to sit on michigan's supreme court. >> just been so surreal to be appointed to the highest court in the state of michigan and be responsible for some really important decisions. >> what do you think makes you tear up? >> because this means so much to so many people. but that cough looks pretty bad. try this robitussin honeney. the real honey you love, plus the p powerful cough relief you need. mindnd if i root through your trash? robitussin.
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and i don't know what the heck you're talking about. welcome back everyone to "cnn this morning." here is what's coming up. history made in michigan. we'll hear from the state's first black supreme court justice in moments. nearly 3,000 miles and one
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week later, the family who drove from phoenix to boston for the nhl winter classic, they made it. they're going to join us live straight ahead. just in, we're learning the suspect in the machete attack in times square was interviewed by the fbi last month and had been on a terror watch list. that's according to our own john miller. more on that straight ahead. now to a landmark moment. a black supreme court justice has been sworn in to the highest court for the first time in its 185-year history. >> i will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of supreme court justice. >> of the office of supreme court justice. >> according to the best of my ability. >> according to the best of my ability. >> that is justice kira harris bolden. her appointment comes at a significant time for michigan's supreme court. last year the court had a number of key decisions. they ordered an abortion rights
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initiative to appear on the november ballot, banned discrimination against lgbtq people and ruled that one-person grand juries can't issue indictments against state officials. it led to charges being dismissed against a former governor in connection with the flint water crisis. this term the court also has a lot on its plate. justice bolden's appointment is not only historic, wait until you hear her family's legacy of injustice in the hands of the legal system. >> one day this little girl came to me and said ms. kyra, can girls go to college? i looked at her and said, yes, i'm a girl. i'm in college. she turns to the little girl next to her and says, see, i told you. >> reporter: little girls saw themselves in kyra harris bolden. >> this has been a long journey for all of us. >> reporter: today for the first time they can look up and see what else they can be. >> kyra will be the first black
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woman ever to serve on the michigan supreme court. >> reporter: with that, history was made as michigan governor gretchen whitmer appointed bolden to the state's highest court. >> 185 years we've never had an african american woman on the state's highest court. it's about damn time. >> it's just been an honor, and just been so surreal to be appointed to the highest court in the state of michigan and be responsible for some really important decisions. >> what do you think makes you tear up? >> because this means so much to so many people. >> reporter: justice bolden's journey to this court, though, began nearly a century ago with a tragedy. >> jesse lee bonds, my great grandfather was lynched in tennessee in 1939 after asking a store owner for a receipt. he was beaten and castrated and thrown into the local river, and
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the coroner deemed it an accidental drowning. as a result his murderers walked free. >> reporter: that injustice drove bolden to law school. >> once i realize thad that was something that happened in my own family. >> less than 100 years ago. >> yeah. i just feet the need to be a part of the justice system and to go to law school and find my way in that. >> is your great grandfather's lynching the reason you believe you became a lawyer? >> it was definitely a large part of it. >> show xi would go on to serve two terms in the state legislature and then take a leap, a chance at making history. >> we need to make sure that we have justices on our michigan supreme court that believe in equal justice under the law. >> she didn't win that race, but when a seat on the court opened up this summer, she was the governor's first choice. >> thank you.
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thank you. thank you very much. >> her daughter emerson not yet five months old too young to know the history her mother has made. >> emerson in just a few generations our family has gone from lynching to law school, from injustice to a capital j justice. >> from injustice to capital j justice is really -- it's amazing. it's amazing that we can make this type of progress for our family. >> what do you say to people who look at the state of racism in america today and don't see it as enough progress? >> it's not. it's not enough. it's absolutely unacceptable that in 2022 we are just now having the first black woman on the michigan supreme court. there has never been a black woman that's been a governor in the united states history, right? it's not acceptable, but we still have to work hard and we
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still have to try to break down these barriers. >> and 2022, it took till now to get the first black woman on the u.s. supreme court. >> yes, yes. >> when you think about justice ketanji brown jackson just a few months before you, what do you think? >> i think it's one of those moments where you know it's possible, right? the same way that people have said that they look at me, the same way i look at her. >> really? >> she's amazing, but she is a representation of what is possible. >> are we fired up? are we ready to go? >> justice bolden will be unique on this court, as the only justice who was previously a state lawmaker. >> so that also opens the door to other critics who say, well, you're a democrat, you're partisan, you served in the legislature, you ran as a democrat.
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how do you shed that? >> all judges and justices have personal points of view. so i don't think i'm different in that. my job as a justice is to interpret the laws. >> we have the opportunity to protect justice for generations to come. did you know that? >> in a fitting full circle, she'll fill the seat of chief justice bridget mccormack was the first she worked on a decade ago. >> the state is getting a smart, savvy, and hard working public servant as its newest justice. >> i know the weight of this job. i know what it means. it's always been my goal to pull people with me -- vice president kamala said maybe the first, but not the last. that's just kind of the mantra that i live by. >> what an honor to sit with her. i have to mention alpha kappa
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alpha. we talked so much about the barriers that she's breaking along with following the likes of vice president kamala harris, toni morrison and so many more. >> that part is important because when you think about the black sororities, the impact they have on elections around the country, not only just for women. they get people -- they get out the vote. in louisiana the last gubernatorial election, the black sororities really helped in a red state, pushed and helped to elect a democratic governor there. but she is -- >> a force. 34 only. >> amazing. >> i want to say one thing. she has a 5-month-old baby, so she ran this campaign pregnant, crisscrossing the state. as someone who has had babies, doing any job, let alone that job is difficult. her husband took two months paternity leave and was an equal caregiver at home so she could
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do that. we talk a lot about what it takes to lift people up. big part of this for her she said as well having that equal partner. >> i'm not so surprised she did this pregnant. what did they say about ginger rogers, she had to do everything fred astaire did, but backwards and in heels. women amazingly can do those things. guys, we're not there yet. >> a delight to spent time with her. this morning's number is 306. why? harry enten is here to explain.
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you heard about the meltdown last week, perhaps you were part of it, the meltdown by southwest airlines leaving passengers angry and stranded. what is the public perception of the entire airline industry these days? cnn's senior data reporter, mr. harry enten, joining us with the number this morning. when you said what the number was before, i thought you were talking about the weight i gained on vacation.
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it's not about me. >> you look fantastic. >> 306. >> 306. this morning's number is 306 because that airline passenger complaints versus 219, january through september -- this doesn't include the most recent data, up 306%. if you go back to 1998 it's up 547% since then. my goodness, gracious, cancellations has one thing to do with it. 2022 airline cancellations. again, only through september. this number is likely going to climb, is up 28% from 2019. it is the worst cancellation rate in at least a decade, at least a decade. you know what's funny, don, the fact of the matter is that people used to really like the airline industry. the favorable and positive use of the airline industry was 67% -- >> that's when people used to actually wear clothes on airplanes. >> they gave you china and meals and champagne. >> they don't do that anymore?
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>> they do not do that. >> that's only in first class. >> they don't do that anymore. if you look, how are airlines cutting costs? the size of the seats have dropped, the leg room is dropping. amenities like airplane food have all be disappeared. how do you keep you basically going to take in those planes? look at the price of the airline. for a round trip ticket, now just 367. it's been dropping. >> thank you, harry. 306. speaking of airlines, after their southwest flight was canceled on christmas day, one phoenix family decided to drive nearly 3,000 miles to make their son's christmas wish come true. wait until you meet them again. you met them last week on "cnn this morning." the maher family is with us next. like this one! 50% off?! that deal's so good we don't even need an eight-time all-star to t tell you about it. wait what? get t it before it's gone on the subway app!
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very excited about this. an update on a story we brought you last week. you may remember the marr family whose swept flight was canceled on christmas day. they decided to rent a truck and drive 3,000 miles nearly from phoenix to boston to fulfill their eldest son's single holiday wish to go to the nhl classic in boston. when we last spoke with them, they were starting on the last leg of their journey. >> when we made the decision in terminal 4 in sky harbor on sunday to turn this into a drive, i remember my husband saying, guys, this is a really big commitment. is everybody up for this? i think secretly we were dreading it a bit. we actually have laughed a lot and had lots of smiles. >> and they made it. they're here joining us live from boston, from fenway. tim, kelly, sullivan, bowie,
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ireland. congrats. how is it, guys? >> we made it. it's amazing. >> amazing experience. >> are you warm? >> no. >> at least there were jackets. overall, are you warm? >> i'm freezing. they didn't give me a jacket. >> our new england friends from childhood are just nodding at us in disbelief that we're bundled up like this. we're freezing. >> bowen, this was your dream, right? whose -- >> that's right. >> yes. you are the family your family took this epic trip. you're also the reason that some amazing things have been happening to your family. what's it been like? >> it's been surreal. i still can't believe some of the things we've done. i'm still inhaling and digesting everything we have done. the nhl kept one-upping themselves. they're like, we want to give
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you this. we want to give you this. it's, like, no, please. you're too kind. >> yesterday we were finishing up dinner and he said my face hurts from smiling so much today. >> what did they give you? >> who did you dine with last night? >> we went to ray bourque's restaurant. he came around the corner, it was like that ah-ha moment. we made eye contact. i said oh, my gosh. he came over, gave me a signed jersey. i was smiling probably for six minutes straight. my cheekbones were so strained. >> during the day we had a tour of fenway, which was incredible. for us growing up here, we moved to arizona about 20 years ago. but growing up here, it was iconic walking around and seeing the back hallways and that sort of thing. we came back for the bruins practice. bowen and sully got to stand where the players were coming in. fist bump with all of them. just being so up close and being
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able to have that sort of vantage point of them practicing. these athletes that we just think are incredible and cheer on from our tv screens at home. it's just been incredible. we are -- we're irish, we're not speechless often. we feel pretty speechless. >> okay. so, well, speaking of the stanley cup and ray bourque, the nhl wanted to surprise you and give you a chance to be with the stanley cup, too. >> oh, my gosh. >> so, look to your right or your left. or something. >> what? >> oh. >> oh, my gosh. >> sully, touch it. >> sullivan last night was asking ray bourque as if he was our neighbor, chatting with him, he said is the stanley cup very heavy? ray said, yes. they kept wanting me to lift it over my head.
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>> look at the little guy's face. my gosh. >> this is sullivan. we call him sully. he's named after sullivan square in boston. >> he draws pictures of the stanley cup all the time at home. this is incredible. >> oh, my gosh. >> it's awesome. >> unreal. thank you very much. >> i want to touch it. >> we know this guy, too. the cup and this man are very -- this is the handler. we know him. we know this guy from years and years. this is beautiful. >> as if today -- as if this isn't enough, what did you say, sully? >> he's not mic'd. >> say that part again? sorry. >> so, listen, this -- we have another surprise for you. the nhl is gifting your family with tickets to the nhl winter classic in 2024, so you will make this trip again, guys. >> stop it!
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>> yeah. >> another road trip. >> another trip in 2024. >> this is what happens when you appear on cnn this morning, people. >> i know. this is incredible. >> happy hockey family. incredible. thank you so much. >> my gosh. >> we're so happy for you guys. have the best time today. >> and go inside and warm up, okay? >> it's hard to think yesterday could be topped, but thank you. happy new year. >> thank you very much. wow. >> thank you. >> what a great family. >> we're very happy for you. so, the boston bruins are going to face the penguins in the 2023 discover nhl winter classic at fenway park. tnt's coverage of the game will begin at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. >> can we end every show, you get one, you get one. >> you get a car, you get a car. >> we'll see you tomorrow maybe with a car giveaway. >> you need it with the airlines.
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